2012 U.S. Defense Spending vs Global Defense Spending

U.S. Defense Spending vs. Global Defense Spending
April 24, 2013


In 2012, the most recent year for which complete data is available, the U.S. approved $645.7 billion in defense budget authority (fiscal year 2013 dollars). This figure includes funding for the Pentagon base budget, Department of Energy-administered nuclear weapons activities, and the war in Afghanistan.

This number is six times more than China, 11 times more than Russia, 27 times more than Iran and 33 times more than Israel. Though China is often cited as the country’s next great military adversary, U.S. military spending currently doubles that of all of the countries in Asia combined. In 2012, the U.S. consumed 41 percent of total global military spending. The U.S. also remained in the top 10 highest spending countries as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), one widespread measure of military spending, trailing behind countries such as Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, all of which have a significantly lower total military expenditure as well as a lower total GDP.I

2012 Defense Expenditure (budget authority in billions of current U.S. dollars)

Country or Region ————————————-2012 Spending

United States (including war and nuclear) —————-$ 645.7
Asia —————————————————–$ 314.9
Europe —————————————————$ 280.1
Middle East and North Africa——————————$ 166.4
Russia and Eurasia—————————————-$ 69.3
Latin America and The Caribbean—————————$ 68.8
Sub-Saharan Africa —————————————$ 19.2
Canada —————————————————$ 18.4

Global Total ———————————————$1,582.8

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